Five Ways to Kick Start Your Career Transition

Lisa Jones, an OA Career Consultant and former Army officer, shared her top transition tips with BFBS Radio. 1. Timing The time goes faster than you think. One year may sound like a long time but it will fly. Equally if you are in your last two years’ of service, start thinking about the future; […]

5th June 2018

Top Ten Tips for Developing an Internal Military Network

An Internal Military Network is a great way to maximise the benefits that veterans can bring to your organisation. If you are thinking about developing your own Internal Military Network, here is what you need to consider. Have a network with clear purpose and vision aligned to your organisation’s brand/vision and ensure activity is linked […]

31st May 2018

What Does a Good Employer Look Like?

You spend much of your time at work, so it is important you have a supportive and engaging employer.  In a recent webinar, Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager, spoke to Michelle Mook, Owner and Director of Pro-Development (UK) Limited, which helps organisations to improve employee, retention, morale, performance and productivity. Michelle discussed how good employers effectively […]

12th April 2018

What is the Value of a Work Placement?

Lisa Jones, OA Career Consultant, explains why work placements are good for veterans and employers. Benefits to veterans Work placements will develop your skills and give you vital experience, improving your employability. They also increase your knowledge of different industries, helping you to make better informed decisions about your career. You can be exposed to […]

22nd March 2018

How to research for a successful transition, by Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones is a Career Consultant at the OA. She shares her top tips on researching to find the right career after leaving the Armed Forces. Start Early The earlier you start the more time you will give yourself, and be able to do justice to your ‘reconnaissance’. There are so many opportunities out there, […]

8th February 2018

What You Need to Know About Starting Salaries

Getting the right salary for your next civilian job  role can be difficult, but there are practical steps you can take. Nick Everard, a former Army officer and Managing Director of J1 Consulting, and Fiona Jackson, an OA Career Consultant, share their advice. More than salary Before negotiating the salary for your new job, understand […]

7th February 2018

New Year New Career

Make 2018 the year you get the job you want. If at the end of last year you were feeling dissatisfied with the direction you career was heading in, then you might want to consider a change. Easier said than done, but engineering a career move or a change in role is perfectly possible, provided […]

11th January 2018

How to Get the Most out of the OA Employment Symposium

Here are our top tips to maximise the benefits of attending the biggest career event exclusively for the officer community. About the OA Employment Symposium The OA Employment Symposium in London is the ‘must attend event’ for officers looking to get a head start in their next career after leaving the Services. With its rich […]

11th December 2017

Why networking matters, by Sophia Koniarska

Sophia Koniarska, OA Regional Business Development Manager (West), explains why you need to network effectively. Lifestyle not diet Increasingly people find work through networking, so it is vital you master this skill. Networking is a great way to gain knowledge, meet interesting people and find opportunities. People can be quite negative about networking, often confusing […]

27th September 2017

How to Work in Strategy

Most officers are experienced in strategy, but how can you turn this into a corporate career? We recently ran a webinar with Rachel De Renzy Channer, a former Army officer who helped to transform the corporate strategy of a FTSE 250 company. Rachel shared career advice, industry knowledge and her personal experiences. What is a […]

25th September 2017

My military transition ‘top tips’, by John Kerner

John Kerner was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Logistic Corps, before leaving the Army in 2016. He originally published this article on LinkedIn, to help Service Leavers better understand the challenges of transition and improve their chances of landing a great first role. He is now a director with Highways England, responsible for delivering […]

22nd September 2017

Could you be a Consultant?

Consultancy is a good career option for many leaving the Armed Forces, but is it right for you? What is consultancy? A consultant is hired by an organisation to help with a task or project it is unable to complete on its own. Why former officers can be great consultants Experienced at project management. Experienced […]

31st August 2017

How to Have a Successful Telephone Interview

Telephone and video interviews often form part of the interview process, so here are our top tips. Purpose The aim of telephone and video interviews is to reduce the number of applicants to a shortlist. The interviewer wants to know if you can support the claims you made on your CV. If it goes well, […]

23rd August 2017

LinkedIn Quick Tips with Lincoln Coutts

Here are four short videos that will give you some tips on using LinkedIn. Topics covered include: managing your public profile, controlling who can see your profile, privacy settings and managing your email.     Watch the videos now:     Your Public Profile     Profile Viewing Options     Hiding Profile Updates   […]

25th July 2017

How to Get the Most Out of Networking Events

Join OA Careers Consultant, Keith Spencer, to find out more about how to get the most out of networking events. Keith covers top-tips, image projection and much more.   Watch the webinar:  

21st March 2017

Consultant of the Year’s Top Tips on Transitioning

Richard Graybrook is a Principal Management Consultant at Turner & Townsend where he has been recognised as their 2016 Consultant of the Year. Richard started working life as a tradesman in the construction sector before enlisting as a combat engineer in the Army, in a career spanning thirty years, and one that saw him commissioned […]

16th January 2017